This appears very pleasant that four Test hundreds scored by Murali Vijay, out of the total five career tons, have come while playing against the Australians. So vibrant Indian opener Murali Vijay today expressed his special liking for the Aussies to the inspiration he got from the great knocks of legendary cricketers like Sachin Tendulkar.
Vijay has scored 144 runs on the first day of the second Test against Australia which facilitates Team India’s chances of consolidating their position.
“Maybe I am playing against them too often,” Vijay said jokingly at the press conference.
“I always like to play against Australia. When I was a kid, I used to see a lot of knocks played by my seniors, Sachin Tendulkar, Rahul Dravid in Adelaide and VVS Laxman. Those are the knocks we have seen as youngsters.” he said.
“This is the first time I have been playing overseas against Australia. Australia are one of the best teams and getting runs against them always helps you gain confidence in the match as well as a person. I am thankful to all the people back home who have been supporting me. It feels good that I am batting well and getting some runs for the team.” he added.
It was not easy to play comfortably on a hot day at Gabba as India finished at 311 for 4. Australians have been hit with a spate of injuries as Mitchell Marsh was ruled out to bowl again with an injured right hamstring. Also Mitchell Starc and Josh Hazlewood have suffered intense cramps.
A jubilant centurion Vijay said “Today it was really hot and it was testing us all. I could see bowlers sulking out there and I thought a lot of people are getting tired. So I waited at the crease and made good use of it. It was more mentally challenging than mentally draining. There were a lot of suffering from the heat but when you are playing for your country, you have got to be equipped for this. I have worked hard on my fitness. You have got to do your stuff to the best of your ability.”
Let us hope that the hard work done by Murali Vijay will yield a positive result.